"He has a bit of flair on the ball, a trick or two in him, and his competitive edge singles him out."
Palacios' efforts against West Ham in the 1-0 win over Alan Curbishley's side at the weekend served as ratification of Bruce's choice to make sure he signed the 23-year-old from his former club.
"The ProZone stats showed he covered 13km against West Ham - one-and-a-half kilometres more than anyone else on the pitch," added Bruce.
"Coming after a midweek match, that is unbelievable. And bear in mind the state of our pitch too.
"Wilson has really settled down well and I think it's because he feels wanted.
"When I left Birmingham, he probably felt he wasn't really part of the squad - he felt left out a little bit.
"He's desperate to do well. The hunger and desire is there, and that is very refreshing to see."